Natalie Soper dribbles down the court in a game against Shorter University earlier this season. Photo courtesy of UWF Athletics and Emmele Photography
Natalie Soper dribbles down the court in a game against Shorter University earlier this season.
Photo courtesy of UWF Athletics and Emmele Photography

Kaitlin Englund
Staff Writer

Women’s

The University of West Florida women’s basketball team is looking to defend its Gulf South Conference Championship title this year.

Head coach Stephanie Yelton said the team feels confident about this season as they currently maintain their no. 1 ranking in the GSC.

However, Yelton stresses that it is a long season and anything can happen so the team is staying grounded.

The women’s team features 11 new players this year, with only two returning starters. Yelton said that developing the new team has been a challenge, but its youthfulness is of no concern.

“We’re a very young team, but it’s a blank slate and it’s kind of refreshing,” Yelton said. “The young team is very hungry and super competitive. They are high energy and exciting to watch.”

Yelton said this team is performing at a higher caliber than would be expected at this level in Division II.

Freshman forward Toni Brewer also sees this year’s team as a new start and is excited for the games to come.

“I think everyone will be excited to see what we do because we’re young. We’ve gotten it together and everyone is maturing.” Brewer said.

Brewer is looking forward to their second game this season against Delta State University on Feb. 5. The last match-up with Delta State ended with an Argonaut win in overtime.

Brewer is averaging a team-leading 13.3 points with nine rebounds for the lady Argos, and has been featured as the GSC Freshman of the Week three times already this season.

Alongside Brewer, a leading scorer on the women’s team is Katie Bobos, also a previous GSC Freshman of the Week. Bobos is averaging 10.6 points with 9.3 rebounds this season.

The Argos finished with an overall record of 19-11 last season, and are looking to surpass that record this year. The women’s team will play its next home game against Valdosta State on Saturday at 2 p.m.

For more team statistics and a full schedule for this semester, visit goargos.com.

Men’s

With a current ranking of no. 12 in the Gulf South Conference and a less than ideal start to the season, the University of West Florida men’s basketball team is looking to improve their overall record in the upcoming games.

Head coach Bob Stinnett said that he’s a little disappointed in where the team is at in this point of the season but he is moving forward and focusing on the games ahead.

Stinnett is confident in his team’s talent, but said if they have one flaw it is that the team is too nice and they need to become more competitive if they want to see a change in the direction of the season.

“Everybody in the league is pretty equal, and if a team doesn’t show up, that’s it,” Stinnett said. “We beat Christian Brothers and that was a big win for us, but you don’t have time to savor the win.”

The Argonauts claimed a close 67-63 win over Chrwistian Brothers University earlier this month, and have persevered through many other close games this season, including a 79-77 win against North Alabama in overtime.

This year’s team remains relatively unchanged from last season, welcoming back three starters and introducing only four newcomers.

The Argos’ team stats are led by senior guard Terrence Townes who is averaging 15 points per game and senior forward Demetrius Moore.

Moore, a newcomer to the team, is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game and was already named a GSC Player of the Week once this season.

The men’s team will face Valdosta State University on Saturday at the UWF Field House at 4 p.m.

For more team statistics and a full schedule for this semester, visit goargos.com.